Concert

Chasing Blue

Friday / August 10, 2012 / 3:30 p.m.
Saddleback Mountain
976 Saddleback Mountain Road
Rangeley
ME
United States
04970
Chasing Blue

Chasing Blue came together in the fall of 2008 at a bluegrass ensemble at Berklee College of Music. Band members hail from across the United States and Canada, and now reside in Boston, gigging heavily in the New England festival circuit. Chasing Blue plays a mix of original and traditional bluegrass material with unique arrangements and hard-driving style. Original material holds true to the bluegrass tradition but strong lyrical ideas and progressive musical ideas make the Chasing Blue sound. 

Admission: 
$40

Hamish Napier Band

Thursday / August 2, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Hamish Napier

In this new American version of his acclaimed group, who performed at the Celtic Connections Festival and the Glasgow International Jazz Festival last year, Hamish Napier invites a band of brilliant Berklee jazz and bluegrass musicians to join him for a unique blend of traditional Scottish and American folk music, original compositions, and jazz improvisation.

Hamish Napier grew up in the Scottish Highlands and was steeped in traditional music from an early age. A multi-instrumentalist (flute, whistles, vocals, piano, and traditional Scottish stepdance), Napier was a finalist for Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year and a nominee  for Best Up and Coming Artist at the Scots Traditional Music Awards. Napier has recorded with leading Scottish musicians Donald Shaw, Martyn Bennett, and Eddi Reader, and has collaborated with many of the U.K.'s finest folk musicians for festivals, national, T.V., and radio.

Before beginning his studies in jazz piano at Berklee last fall, Napier toured throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S. with award-winning traditional Scottish folk quartet Back of the Moon, as well as teaching on the Scottish Music degree course at the National Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. As one of the UNESCO Cities of Music, Glasgow is internationally recognised for its diverse and talented music scene: a vibrant, fresh, and highly-innovative melting pot of Scottish and Irish folk music, jazz, funk, dance music, classical, and indie styles. Amid this inspiring atmosphere, Napier's latest folk/jazz fusion solo project was born: the Hamish Napier Band.

Admission: 
Free

Sounds of Venus

Wednesday / July 25, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sounds of Venus

Meet Sounds of Venus, an alternative rock band breaking the Boston music scene. Comprised of five Berklee College musicians, with lush male and female vocal harmonies, surging electric guitar, a solid foundation of bass, and dynamic percussion, their sound is open to limitless possibilities. 

Influenced by the likes of Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Björk, and Bon Iver, their live performance cannot be missed. Their set varies from ambient soundscapes that make the crowd sway, to sheer rocking energy and adrenaline. The band is a large supporter of art communities. They often welcome visual artists to display their work and incorporate their creativity with live performances. They are currently recording their first album at The Record Company, Inc.  Previous performances that they have played both collectively and individually include: The Middle East, Bonnaroo, Maxwell's, and The Chameleon Club.

Admission: 
Free

Jon Rodriguez

Wednesday / August 8, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Guitarist Jonathan Rodriguez will be playing arrangements of some of his favorite standards with friends.

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Hail Laveau

Wednesday / July 25, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
City Hall Plaza
100 City Hall Plaza
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Hail Laveau

Hail Laveau is the collaboration between musicians Corey Cook and Emily Higgins. The two began writing songs together over the past year, with Emily handling the vocals, Corey writing the music and both contributing to the lyric writing. They finished recording an EP over the summer in New Orleans and plan on bringing the finished product to the Boston music scene.

Due to the time split between Louisiana and Massachusetts, Hail Laveau has an ever-changing backing band of local musicians ready to bring the house down. Hail Laveau is named after the Creole "Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" Marie Laveau.

Admission: 
Free

Casey Sullivan

Tuesday / July 17, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Casey Sullivan

Casey Sullivan's indelible melodies, accomplished songcraft, and memorable voice are the mark of a great singer-songwriter.

Sullivan has been writing and performing since she was a young teenager. She's performed with such gifted musicians as James Montgomery and opened for musicians as beloved as Jon Pousette-Dart. She studied at Berklee and played regularly with up-and-coming Boston independents Air Traffic Controller at shows in the U.S. and Canada. She released her astonishing debut, For the Birds, independently in 2010.

Her songwriting prowess, which doesn't need any official validation to prove its sterling quality, has nevertheless resulted in her being a two-time finalist in the Boston Folk Festival songwriting contest. But what really makes Casey an artist to be reckoned with is that voice: an instrument of incredible emotional depth and versatility that makes any accomplishment seem like window dressing compared to its unmistakably gripping power. 

Admission: 
Free

Moira Lo Bianco

Thursday / July 12, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
Moira Lo Bianco

Possessing an enormous talent and a remarkably fertile musical imagination, Moira Lo Bianco is a bona fide triple threat as a composer, arranger, and pianist.

 

Admission: 
Free

Herego

Tuesday / July 3, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Herego

This folk/alt/indie/rock duo self describes as "Simon and Garfunkel meets Tim Burton meets your mother."

Erin Casey—who has performed with the name Elephant Sky—had come to a creative standstill and set out to learn what other influences the world had to offer. With hints of country resonating throughout her voice, she left the small town life she had always known and travelled to Boston, Massachusetts.

Seeking a life he had yet to experience, Chris Carlberg left the familiar world of acting he had come to know in Los Angeles in search of a musical passion he felt was calling his name. Packing up every instrument he owned, Chris drove a van across the country and landed in a New England city he had never encountered before: Boston.

Erin and Chris met and began a journey that spanned broken strings and broken relationships and first formed  a solid friendship, and then a brilliant musical duo. Like the cold nights of October, Herego is the wool sweater you pull on before walking amongst the reddened, dropping leaves; intense, yet caressing, commanding and promising. 

Admission: 
Free

Nick Hakim

Thursday / June 28, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Nick Hakim

Nick Hakim is a singer/songwriter from Washington D.C. He and his band have been playing venues around Boston and New York, cultivating a new sound in preparation for his record that will be released in the summer of 2012. Some of his influences include Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, and the Beatles. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Bent Knee

Thursday / June 28, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Bent Knee

The dark winters of Boston bore a child that crawled out of the womb and called itself Bent Knee. Orchestral textures, haunting vocals, dynamic sound, and charismatic presence are all calling cards for this twisted little rock group. The pinnacle of the Bent Knee experience is the deafening silence between loud explosions, syllable, word, and phrase that leaves the listener hanging in anticipation and uncertainty.

Acclaimed as "avant-indie," Bent Knee's original music, performances, and imaginative covers have been reviewed favorably throughout the northeast, west coast, and many online music blogs, and internet radios. Their self-distributed eponymous album from 2011 has gained support from many avid listeners, and it appeals and resonates with the artsy and dark parts of the human mind.

As current students and alumni of Berklee College of Music, the group features dynamic musicians that come together with a new outlook on writing, performing, and collaborating. Bent Knee goes beyond the typical rock show at conventional music venues, and often hosts creative live music events such as one-day albums, "coloring parties," improvised scores for silent films, and benefits for mental health. 

View the entire Kendall Square concert series.  

Admission: 
Free

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